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Audain Prize for Visible Artwork awards $100,000 to Ian Wallace

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 29, 2022 (Globe NEWSWIRE) — At a luncheon held these days in the Fairmont Lodge Vancouver, the Audain Prize for British Columbia’s most distinguished artists was awarded to Ian Wallace. Mr. Wallace is based in Vancouver and has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. He been given the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts in 2004 and the Molson Prize in 2009. Wallace also taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Artwork and Style and design from 1972 to 1998.

The Audain Prize, which was set up in 2004, is one particular of the major 3 annual Canadian arts awards granting the winner a income prize of $100,000. The Scotiabank Giller Prize (celebrating excellence in Canadian fiction) and the Sobey Artwork Award (for a modern day Canadian artist) are in this scarce corporation.

“It is a terrific honour to make this award to a person of B.C.’s best residing artists Ian Wallace,” suggests Michael Audain, Chairman of the Audain Foundation. “Besides acquiring an exceptional intercontinental reputation, Mr. Wallace has had a considerable affect on younger artists.

“The Audain Foundation needs to see our main artists grow to be better regarded. Immediately after all, British Columbia has numerous vital visual artists who are not as commonly recognized as they should be,” states Michael Audain. “With some of the world’s most effective present-day artists, we believe that they should really be much better known by all British Columbians.”

In addition to the $100,000 Audain Prize for Visual Art, the Audain Foundation money 5 $7,500 travel grants for students in university-stage visible arts programs. This year the learners are:

Nasim Pirhadi University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kosar Movahedi University of Victoria
Khim Hipol Emily Carr College of Art and Style and design
Lauren Crazybull Simon Fraser University
Sarvenaz IrajiUniversity of British Columbia

“The Audain Art Museum is very pleased to be the handling establishment for this prestigious visual arts award, as our long term collection is completely targeted on noteworthy historic and up to date art creation in British Columbia,” states Director & Main Curator, Dr. Curtis Collins. “Selected by an impartial jury composed of curators and artists, this kind of a prize speaks to the ongoing vitality of creativity throughout the province.”

The Audain Prize was set up in 2004. Past Audain Prize recipients include things like: Ann Kipling, Edward J. Hughes, Eric Metcalfe, Gordon Smith, Jeff Wall, Liz Magor, Robert Davidson, Rodney Graham, Marian Penner Bancroft, Takao Tanabe, Gathie Falk, Fred Herzog, Michael Morris, Paul Wong, Carole Itter, Susan Stage, Stan Douglas and Jim Hart.  

About The Audain Foundation
Founded in 1997 to assist the visual arts generally in British Columbia, the Basis has produced in excess of $140 million in grants, and not too long ago announced a transformational gift of $100 million to the Vancouver Artwork Gallery. In 2016, the Foundation expanded its scope to consist of wildlife conservation, with a specific emphasis on grizzly bears.

About the Audain Artwork Museum
The Audain Artwork Museum is grateful to be on the shared, unceded territory of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation and Lil’wat (Lil̓wat7úl) Country. It is located on Blackcomb Way adjacent to Whistler Village. Opened in 2016, the museum properties a big portion of the artwork assortment that Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa amassed in excess of the earlier 40 a long time. Their planet-class Northwest Coastline art selection is on lasting show, additionally there are galleries for particular exhibitions of Canadian and intercontinental art.

For media enquiries please get hold of:

Justine Nichol
Chief Marketing Officer
Cell: 604.789.4359
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AUDAIN Foundation
Charley McIntyre
Affiliate Govt Director
Mobile: 778.835.2876
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